The Yellowstone River.
Delayed response illustrates need for regionally based cleanup teams
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Clean-up experts said high flows in the Yellowstone River will make it hard to recover the thousands of gallons of oil that spilled after a 12-inch ExxonMobil oil pipeline ruptured upstream of Billings, Montana.
The swift flows are spreading the oil over a large area making it harder to capture. But the rapid dispersion of the oil may also reduce damage to wildlife and croplands along the river, according to Steve Way, the on-scene coordinator for the EPA. Read more at the Missoulian.com.
ExxonMobil said it’s ramping up cleanup efforts by bringing in specialized teams. But those efforts may be too little, too late.
The EPA pointed out as recently as late June that having specialized regional cleanup teams in place is critical for a timely response. According to an EPA paper, response times for inland oil spill often push or exceed federal legal requirements for a response within 12 hours.
“These response times can be critical, particularly when the product has reached fast moving waters such as rivers and streams,” the authors of the EPA inland oil spill response study wrote.
“We are bringing in experts from across the country to clean up the oil,” ExxonMobil Pipeline Company president Gary Pruessing said in a press statement. “We will stay with the cleanup until it is complete, and we sincerely apologize to the people of Montana for any inconvenience the incident is creating.” Continue reading
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